Jack Paar

Comedian and TV Host Jack Paar

Full Name: Jack Harold Paar
Profession: Comedian and TV Host

United States of America

Biography: Paar was best known as the second host of 'The Tonight Show,' from 1957 to 1962. He was drafted by NBC to reboot 'The Tonight Show' after the show intended to replace it was a flop.

While following in Steve Allen's footsteps was no laughing matter, Paar proved incredibly popular and boosted the show's ratings beyond even that of the original.

Subsequently Paar had his own show, 'Jack Paar Tonite' and made guest appearances throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Born: May 1, 1918
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: January 27, 2004 (aged 85)

Historical Events

  • 1954-03-15 "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar
  • 1957-01-28 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)
  • 1957-07-29 Jack Paar's "The Tonight show" premieres on NBC
  • 1960-02-11 Jack Paar walks off his TV show
  • 1961-04-05 Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"
  • 1962-03-29 Jack Paar's final appearance on the "The Tonight Show"
  • 1964-01-03 Jack Paar shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You", and says he understands that science was working on a cure for the phenomenon